LSU basketball player killed in shooting

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Police are investigating the death as a homicide.

Like his father, Wayde grew into a talented basketball player, good enough to earn the attention of Jones, by then the head coach at LSU. Sims, 20, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867. He started 10 games in his previous season, and averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds.

The LSU Tigers basketball program suffered a tragic loss on Friday morning, as Wayde Sims was shot and killed.

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"Maybe the guy I've been most impressed with is Wayde Sims", Wade said on 104.5 FM ESPN's "Off the Bench". "He was just an unbelievable person and was just continuing to grow", Wade added.

"Everybody on the team loved him", Wade said. "He's done a really nice job". A standout at University High, located on LSU's campus, Sims helped lead his high school team to three consecutive state championships. Officials said the public would be able to see the statue of the 1959 Heisman Trophy victor before Saturday night's football game against Mississippi.

King Alexander released a statement saying that the school has been shaken: "We are stunned and shaken". Wayde was a beloved member of the LSU community whose leadership was treasured by his coach and his teammates.